We learned a lot by having our own concert in Fort Collins last week. Please enjoy this picture of Steve from Pateros Creek and an infographic that shares all the details, numbers, financials and how much each of our member bands made.
There’s no denying that Fort Collins, Colorado is a Music City. The musicians and staff of Cohere Bandwidth go to A LOT of shows. There are at least 10 venues just within a mile of our shared rehearsal space so keeping track of that many events can feel overwhelming. Luckily, the data nerds at Vionza scrape up ALL of the shows and venues and put them into one streamlined calendar. To make your music-going even easier, we’re going to hand-pick THREE must-see shows every week and drop them on Sundays.
Shane and Angel will scrutinize the calendar for you and we’ll be sure to get you out to lots of different venues and sampling lots of different styles of music. You can definitely expect us to put our Bandwidth Member Bands on your radar. Chieftain and Wake Breakers don’t have any local shows this week, but they will soon.
Bloopers at the end because Shane is hilarious.
Listen to Replicator by Wire Faces.
Wednesday, November 4th at the Armory: Jonatha Brooke with Solomon Cook
Thursday, November 5th at the Artery: Techno Shaman with live painting by Lindee Zimmer
Friday, November 6th at Lyric Cinema Cafe: The Good Life with Big Harp
Creating shared rehearsal space in downtown Fort Collins means that Cohere Bandwidth has some super-awesome neighbors. Like one of the directors of the Downtown Artery, Collin Ingram: dog owner, bass player, and occasional wearer of skintight latex costumes.
Hey Neighbor! Meet: Collin Ingram
How long have you been in the neighborhood, and what brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fort Collins for about three years now. I grew up in a little town near Yellowstone called Cody, Wyoming. I was lucky to be surrounded by some great musical mentors growing up and started making a living playing bass by the time I went to college. I went to music school in Minnesota for a bit, but after my first winter out there I was ready to head home and be warm again. A couple months later I drove down to Laramie to audition for the music program at the University of Wyoming. Since I was in the neighborhood, I paid some absurd amount of money for Radiohead tickets at the 1st Bank Center. On our way to Broomfield, my friend Dave and I stopped for lunch in Old Town. It took five minutes of me being in Fort Collins to know this was where I wanted to live. I moved down here a few months later.
What do you do for work … and play?
I’m one of the directors of the Downtown Artery, an arts and music organization here in Fort Collins. We have an art gallery, studio spaces, a coffee shop, a bar, a recording studio, a record label, and a live music venue. I mainly focus on our recording studio (State Line Studios) and our record label (Strange Light Records). I get to do fun stuff like produce and release albums, and slightly less fun stuff like working on record contracts.
I’ve recently grown fond of putting on a skintight latex bicycle costume, hopping on a ridiculously light bicycle I spent way too much money on, and riding until my skintight latex bicycle costume smells really bad. After that I’ll usually drink a beer and pretend that everyone in the bar isn’t secretly judging me on how ridiculous I look in my skintight latex bicycle costume and how bad said skintight latex bicycle costume smells.
If I’m not doing any of that stuff above I’m probably cuddling with my dog, Shia LaPup, or looking for someone to argue about TV shows with.
What makes your neighborhood unique?
First and foremost, I really dig how a healthy percentage of the people I care most about in this world live within a four block radius of my apartment. It really does the heart good to run into any number of your friends whenever you take your dog out for a walk or run to the grocery store.
It’s also important to me that I can count the number of chain restaurants, fast food joints, or big box stores in Old Town on one hand. I don’t think people quite realize how important small businesses are to fostering things like a healthy arts and music scene. So many Old Town businesses have local art hanging on the wall and host concerts (even if they realistically don’t have room for them.) That’s the kind of stuff that puts towns on the map. Chipotles and the like are cool but they have the tendency to suck the lifeblood out a neighborhood. When was the last time you saw a great band at Subway, or a local art show at T.G.I. Friday’s?
What makes YOU unique?
Once a year I read a book that I know I’m going to absolutely hate. I don’t really why I started doing this and I REALLY don’t know why I keep doing it. Anyway, past examples include:
- The O’Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families by Bill O’Reilly
- Amish Vampires In Space by Kerry Nietz
- The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee
- Left Behind: Nicolae — The Rise of Antichrist by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
I’m thinking about reading Go Set A Watchman this year. Does that count?
Oh! Also! Remember how I said I like arguing about TV shows earlier? Here’s some of my unpopular opinions. If anybody want’s to argue with me about these hit me up!
- Season 9 of “The Office” was better than any of the Michael Scott seasons.
- This season of “True Detective” is just as good, if not better, than last season.
- “The Wire” is WAY better than “Breaking Bad” ever dreamt of being. That being said, Breaking Bad is the second-greatest TV show of all time.
- Daenerys Targaryen is awful. Like seriously. She’s the worst.
The series finale of “How I Met Your Mother” was nearly perfect. That was the best possible way to end that show. Really. I mean that.
Favorite neighborhood haunts:
Avo’s is a really wonderful bar. Pour Brothers is also a really wonderful bar. Social, The Whiskey, The Forge, and The Mayor are all really wonderful bars. Choice City has really great food. So does The Mainline, Pickle Barrel, Cozzola’s, and The Kitchen. I really want Surfside to open up again. I miss their pizza (among other things). Sometimes I wonder how many gallons of Illegal Pete’s queso I’ve consumed this year. That stuff’s good for you, right? I think I should point out that Mountain Cafe DEFINITELY DOESN’T have breakfasts that are just as good as the ‘popular’ breakfast spots without ever having a wait. Harbinger Coffee is next level and Starry Night has the best Americanos in the world. I get my hair cut at His & Her Salon. They’re wonderful people. Lee’s Cyclery and Peleton Cycles and probably have the friendliest, most helpful staffs in the world.
In your opinion, what makes a good neighbor?
Good neighbors are constantly looking for excuses to help each other out. This is really, really, important. Good neighbors support small businesses in their neighborhood. Good neighbors go to as many of those city council and community meetings as they can possibly bear to go to. Good neighbors go to shows (and buy merch). Good neighbors tell local artists and musicians how much they appreciate their work. Good neighbors tell everyone how much they appreciate them. This is really, really, important.
Current soundtrack to a day in your life:
- Tame Impala’s new album Currents is genius.
- Jason Isbell’s new album Something More Than Free is also very good. Much better than I was expecting it to be.
- Father John Misty’s album I Love You Honeybear finally clicked for me a couple weeks ago. Such a wonderful album.
- I found this album Peter Gabriel released in 2011 called Scratch My Back. It’s just Peter and a chamber orchestra covering everybody from Neil Young and Paul Simon to Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. It’s stunning.
- On the subject of Arcade Fire I finally realized last month they are actually an amazing band. The Suburbs is incredible.
- I’m still completely floored by how good Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Sufjan Steven’s Carrie & Lowell are. Two of the best albums of the decade released within a couple weeks of each other. What an amazing time to be alive.
- Meek Mill’s Wanna Know is a bumping track.
Neighbor Night Out Party: One of the core values of Cohere Bandwidth is to provide “safe, secure rehearsal space in Old Town Fort Collins.” That’s why we feel our Neighborly participation in National Night Out is so important.
“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.”
The local version of this huge event is Neighborhood Night Out and you’re invited to our neighborhood ice cream social and open house in partnership with the Downtown Artery (our next door neighbors).
317 Jefferson Street
One of the goals of this program is to familiarize the police with our neighborhood. It helps them assess what “normal” looks like for our street as well as putting our businesses on their brain maps. We already met with the Fort Collins Police Department to help us dial in some security features. The most important, they said, is a flood light outside your door. How simple and CHECK!
RSVP on our Facebook Event so we can buy enough ice cream.
All in all, it was a good weekend for celebrations. Two and a half years after two of our best-loved local bands had all their gear stolen from their deplorable turkey-coop-turned-practice-space, Cohere Bandwidth opened its doors. For real! On Friday, we took some time to celebrate and had our friends, family and amazingly patient community supporters come take a look. It looked like this:
In addition to all the emoting, we got a chance to spend time with our families (both immediate and extended). Angel’s Mom made Tang and Chex Mix, in keeping with our neighborly Mister Rogers’ gestalt. Julie’s sister Jeanie tapped the Pateros Creek Brewing keg. Shane and Adrian celebrated like drummers do, by frantically hauling in a bunch of gear and setting it up, then gazing upon it adoringly.
Several of the downtown Fort Collins neighborhood vendors who offer discounts to Cohere Bandwidth members stopped in to wish us well. Brandon from Music Go Round was on hand with guitars galore for the bands to try out; the store is also providing something we call the “Oh Sh*t” box — filled with items musicians might find they need should things at practice not go as planned. Also, two of our kick-ass photographer friends, Kirsten Cohen and Craig Okraska came all the way from Boulder and Laramie, respectively, to show their support and then have their photo taken inexpertly by us:
And in an adorable demonstration of cross-pollination, Cohere Community members pitched in to help with the opening party, too. Amanda lent us the perfect Tang pitcher, Janelle helped us get set up for the event, Kevin came by to see the real-life use case behind all the website programming he’s done for us, and Suzi made stoplight-themed Rice Krispies treats (that hopefully someone took a picture of before we scarfed them all down).
In the midst of all this, our neighbors at the Downtown Artery opened their new cafe and venue right next door to us. It is spectacular. You should go see it. Opening night was beyond our ability to describe adequately; just go subscribe to their YouTube channel so you don’t miss out (Stella Luce and Itchy-O pretty much burned the place down. Metaphorically, of course).
The Very Best Part
The bands! They’re the very best part! Several of our musician friends came by on Friday, including Matt Mahern, Yettie, Chieftan, The Lonelyhearts, and an unprecedented number of drummers, from Mama Lenny & The Remedy to (multiple) Wiredogs. We also got a chance to meet our very first member band, Landlocked, in person. Here’s Angel presenting them with their membership cards, moments before they started playing and she started crying:
On Saturday, Itchy-O got a chance to check out our Side A “green room”, mostly because a 31-piece marching band needs a place to stash their burkas, antennae and lighted sombreros. Duh. Stella Luce and Super Bummer stopped in, too. And then on Sunday, our very first hourly band came in to practice. They are an emerging band currently without a name, so we’ll let them reveal themselves to you when they’re ready. But here’s a picture of their feet in the simulated lawn in Side A. Yes, it so clean you can roam around barefoot if you want.
Later, the band was spotted in Old Town getting a post-practice beer … another thing to love in our neighborhood. Life on Linden and Jefferson is pretty awesome right now and we expect it will only get better and better.
We. Are. Open. Best three words I’ve been able to type in this last 900+ days. Please take a peek around the website and schedule some practice time! Feel free to hit us up if you want a code for a free hour to give things a try before you buy, or if you would like to schedule a tour of the space. We would love to see you, local bands, friends and neighbors. We made this with you, for you, and we’re ready for you to come play!
“Often, when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers
Shared practice space for local musicians to celebrate grand opening on June 27 in Old Town
Fort Collins, Colo., June 9, 2015 — After two and a half years of planning, preparation and construction, Cohere Bandwidth announced today that it will open its doors on Saturday, June 27 for musicians looking for rehearsal space. Two fully backlined practice rooms featuring high-quality gear, secure access and state-of-the-art sound mitigation are available for bands to book online at coherebandwidth.com starting today. Located at 317 Jefferson St. in downtown Fort Collins, Cohere Bandwidth is housed in the same building as The Downtown Artery’s new music venue, also scheduled to open June 27.
“While the entire process has been lengthy, the result is completely worth it,” said Cohere Bandwidth owner Angel Kwiatkowski. “The location couldn’t be more perfect. We’ve been able to construct this safe, comfortable, convenient workspace for musicians in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, and it’s housed within the artistic ecosystem and creative community that’s blossoming at The Downtown Artery. The entire building is filled with people helping, inspiring and collaborating with one another, and the possibilities inherent in that are endless.”
Cohere Bandwidth offers plug-and-play hourly practice space for local and touring musicians, and was designed after extensive research and input gathered from several Colorado bands. Hourly rehearsal rates are set at $20, but a limited number of monthly memberships are also available at $145 for 8 hours of rehearsal time. Members of Cohere Bandwidth are also eligible for discounts and freebies from local merchants, including food, beer, gear, professional creative services, clothing, and more. Members also get advance priority access to booking, so they can choose and reserve regular rehearsal times in the Cohere Bandwidth schedule.
Kwiatkowski, who owns and operates Cohere Community (shared office space for independent creative professionals and remote workers), was motivated to create shared rehearsal space for musicians after hearing the story of local bands Fierce Bad Rabbit and Wire Faces having their practice space robbed.
“I was pretty horrified at the story, not just of the robbery, but of the conditions musicians typically work in,” she said. “The more I learned about what bands need in a practice space, the more parallels I saw between the coworking community and the music community. Why should our artists be forced to work in substandard conditions? They’re business owners, too, and deserve a workplace designed to suit their needs.”
To make sure the space continues to be inspired and guided by the musicians it serves, Kwiatkowski hired drummer Shane Zweygardt of Wire Faces as Cohere Bandwidth’s General Manager.
“It feels good to know that one of the musicians that was the catalyst for this whole project is now helping to run the rehearsal space,” Kwiatkowski said. “Shane is one of the most respected artists in the community and his input has been invaluable as we build the space.” Zweygardt was formerly a long-time employee of Colorado Drum and Percussion, the now-defunct local music store that was once in the building Cohere Bandwidth occupies.
Cohere Bandwidth will host a private party for friends and family on Friday, June 26, but has purposely scheduled the public opening of the practice spaces to coincide with the Downtown Artery’s venue grand opening, to demonstrate the synergy and camaraderie between the two businesses. “They’re the best neighbors we could ask for and we can’t wait to celebrate with them,” Kwiatkowski said.
Cohere Bandwidth offers 24/7 access via unique door key codes. Online booking for June 27 and dates beyond is available immediately. Bands can register online at coherebandwidth.com and purchase hourly rehearsal time or monthly membership as needed.
The Downtown Artery venue grand opening on June 27 features Denver bands Itchy-O, Super Bummer and Panther Martin, along with Fort Collins favorites Stella Luce.
Cohere Bandwidth and Cohere Community
MEDIA CONTACT: Angel Kwiatkowski
317 Jefferson St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
For more information about The Downtown Artery, please contact:
William Knudsen, Director of Marketing and Development
email@example.com – (970) 682-2668
252 Linden St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
In a basement in Fort Collins, a viola player must sit because the ceiling isn’t tall enough for her bow extension. In a turkey coop down by the river, two bands get robbed on Christmas Eve. In a warehouse behind Link Lane, a drummer wishes for heat as his fingers go numb.
Rehearsing in Fort Collins feels like a terrible mad lib where the nouns are: basement, garage, shed, warehouse and barn and the adjectives are: infested, cold, hot, damp, dirty, cramped, terrifying, noisy and frustrating.
In a world where you could rehearse in your basement or garage, we want you to explore the reality of hourly shared rehearsal space in Old Town.
Here are 5 ways we’ll help you sound better:
1. We backlined our rooms with amps, bass rigs, PAs, mixers and microphones so you only need to tote your sticks and guitars. Stop putting unnecessary wear and tear on your beloved equipment and use ours!
2. If you’re practicing at home, you’re getting really good at playing the venue that is your garage or living room. Rehearsing in neutral territory better prepares your band for an actual performance especially when you can play at full volume without fear of the neighbors knocking.
3. Ever feel frustrated that your band rehearsals last 3 hours or more? Moreover, does your PARTNER/PARENT feel frustrated? By picking specific start and end times, you can all choose exactly how long you want practice to last (pro-tip, it’s usually less than 3 hours).
4. We planted our collective ass in Old Town for you. Be wildly productive during rehearsal at Cohere Bandwidth THEN go out for a beer together at any of the hundred places in Old Town.
5. Our rehearsal rooms will turn over about every 2 hours. That means there’s a really good chance you’ll run into other musicians. Meet, talk & play a show together, preferably next door at the Downtown Artery’s new venue. We even installed a “bat cave” that takes you directly from the Side A practice room onto the stage at the Artery’s Venue. WHUT?!
Your band can have a 2 hour rehearsal every week for $145 a month. And we added a gajillion other discounts at local businesses to rock your world.
Do the math.
2 person band=$73 each
3 person band=$48 each
4 person band=$36 each
5 person band=$29 each
Much love and go register today. You’ll get first dibs at the schedule when we open.
Creating shared rehearsal space in downtown Fort Collins means that Cohere Bandwidth has some super-awesome neighbors. Like John Bradley, artist, gelatin fan, and Director of Venue Operations at the Downtown Artery.
Hey Neighbor! Meet: John Bradley
How long have you been in the neighborhood, and what brought you here?
Fate brought me from Germany to Fort Collins back in June of 2008, following my parents’ retirement from the military. After finishing out my last few years of high school at FCHS, I made the long move across town, to attend CSU. Summer after my freshman year at CSU, I helped my wonderful sister start a small business that has evolved into the Downtown Artery over time.
What do you do for work … and play?
As an artist, my work is to inspire others, and my play is finding inspiration. As the Director of Venue Operations at the Downtown Artery, I get to work and play with brilliant creators everyday, putting on events, performances, showcases, and planning large collaborations between artists. When I’m not at the Downtown Artery, I am most likely producing a beat, singing, binge eating alone at a restaurant, or watching trashy reality TV with my sister.
What makes your neighborhood unique?
The amount of construction going on, no matter what direction you look.
What makes YOU unique?
My eyebrows, and a few other things.
Favorite neighborhood haunts:
You can see me lurking around the crystals in Nature’s Own, ordering a Benny Goodman with flat and crispy hash at Snooze, getting a chicken bowl at Illegal Pete’s, consuming all of the drip coffee from Cafe Ardour, and getting my sugar rush on at Rocket Fizz.
In your opinion, what makes a good neighbor?
A good neighbor is definitely the one that brings you Jell-O … a good neighbor is a good friend. Someone who is always looking out for you, even when you don’t realize it … and that always includes Jell-O (lime flavored).
The Turkey Coops turned band rehearsal spaces have been on our radar for years. We first heard about them when our friends who were practicing in these “renovated” coops, Wire Faces and Fierce Bad Rabbit, were ROBBED. A truck pulled up to their unit in the middle of the night about 2 years ago, cut the lock and absconded with ~$15,000 worth of their beloved equipment. The case is still unsolved (missing gear list).
This tragedy is what spurred the creation of Cohere Bandwidth in the first place and it feels a little like our turkey coop story arc is coming full circle. We found out late last night that Larimer County has shut down the turkey coops due to zoning violations (author’s note: and crimes against artistry). Bands have been practicing in these unheated, unsecured, improperly zoned and unsound-proofed plywood rooms where turkeys formerly awaited their pre-Thanksgiving deaths. Bands didn’t elect to practice in these coops because it’s cheap or semi-convenient or goddamn freezing cold in the winter. They practiced there because it was their only viable option to make music and try to stay off the radar and out of their neighbors’ hair.
Deplorable conditions aside, we’re proud to be building rock solid rehearsal space in Old Town Fort Collins BOTH to prevent the mistreatment of our community’s most creative assets and to send a message that MUSIC MATTERS.
That’s why we’re offering a whole month of free rehearsal to each of the three bands that have been displaced from the turkey coops. We never want bands to have to practice in less than ideal conditions ever again in Fort Collins. We won’t stand for it.
For a while there, it seemed like this moment might never come, but now the week has actually arrived. We are (kinda*) open!
Starting Friday at FoCoMX
*We’re not yet open for band rehearsals … however: beginning at noon on Friday, April 24, we ARE acting as the primary check-in point for the seventh annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX). FoCoMX, presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association, is a two-day festival showcasing bands from Northern Colorado in venues throughout Old Town Fort Collins. It. Is. Awesome. ! Festival sponsors, bands and VIPs will have an opportunity to check out Cohere Bandwidth when they check in to pick up their wristbands for the weekend. Will-call and ticket sales for the festival will also be located just outside Cohere Bandwidth on Linden St.
What this means: we are welcoming literally hundreds of musicians and music lovers into our brand-new downtown rehearsal space to say hello. We are beside ourselves with excitement and joy. It’s kind of surreal — from idea to opening has been a long journey.
More Good News for Musicians
- Every FoCoMX band will get a nice little gift from us at check-in. (If your band is playing the festival, you can pick up your wristbands from 12p – 10p on Fri. 4/24 or Sat. 4/25; our address is 317 Jefferson St. in downtown Fort Collins).
- Whether you’re playing FoCoMX or not, Cohere Bandwidth memberships are now available and ripe for the picking. A membership gets your band 8 hours of rehearsal time per month at a discount over our hourly rates, plus a ton of other fabulous perks you can read about here. Securing a membership for your band soon! means you’ll have a better chance of selecting the days/times you want on an ongoing basis. Non-member hourly rehearsal times are based on availability after the members choose their preferred times. Contact us ASAP if you’re interested in a membership — we only have 18 left!
- In addition to the aforementioned fabulous perks we’ve already lined up with our friends at the Downtown Artery, we are also always on the lookout for other sweet deals for our Cohere Bandwidth musicians. Case (heh) in point: we just put together a partnership with our nearby pals at Pateros Creek Brewing Company that will give Cohere Bandwidth members a) free beer at their first rehearsal and b) after 6 consecutive months of rehearsals at Cohere Bandwidth, an opportunity to create a collaboration brew for their band with Pateros Creek. More on that later! FYI, Pateros Creek recently collaborated with Post Paradise on a Rye Pale Ale and they have developed a reputation for being awesome. And for loving local music. And they’re a block away. So yay.
Our Creative Community
We’ll be posting updates and photos throughout the week (feel free to follow along via Instagram for photos; we’re also posting some of our recommendations for must-see FoCoMX shows on our Facebook page this week). If you’re out exploring the festival — and we hope you are! — make sure to tag your social media shenanigans with #FoCoMX and #FoCoMusic so we can all stay connected.
Side note: the 2015 Creative Industries Summit takes place this week in Fort Collins also, on Thursday 4/23 and Friday 4/24. Creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and nonprofit cultural workers, and community leaders from throughout the state will be in town to attend and explore our city’s creative community. Say hi! (Pro tip: pop into Illegal Pete’s on Thursday night at 7:30P and catch a performance by the always-stellar Ian Cooke. After you’re utterly smitten … and you will be … you can see him again at FoCoMX on Friday night!)
Finally: THANK YOU. We’re here. Huzzah. It’s Opening Week!